About Us

Some History

The Glasgow Royal Infirmary Dorcas Charitable Trust was founded by Beatrice Clugston in 1863 and was originally known as The Dorcas Society. The aim of the Society was to give help and comfort to patients both in hospital and during their convalescence.

The name comes from the Book of Acts, the story of Tabitha, or Dorcas, tells how she was raised from the dead by Peter.  She was a woman who made clothes and did good deeds among the poor and the sick.  This prompted the founder to call the society,  The Dorcas Society.


Beatrice Clugston

Today we continue help provide comfort to patients of GRI. The Committee meet monthly to review requests for help from various wards,  provide clothes and supplies via the Clothing Room, and support to discharged patients through monthly contributions to Medical Social Work.

Funding for all of this comes from the profits earned from Mabel’s Tearoom as well from charitable donations.